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Obituary for Edward Jay "Ed" Goodman

Edward (Ed) Jay Goodman was born June 20, 1937 in Portsmouth, VA and raised in Portsmouth and neighboring Norfolk.

His education included a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and Master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Case Western Reserve University. Graduating from U.N.C. with a major in Psychology, Ed held additional credits in Education, Sociology, Political Science and Journalism.

Ed’s work experience began with a short career in advertising agencies in Raleigh and New York City, followed by teaching in Oklahoma City Public Schools and the University of Nevada, Reno. He then became a Librarian at both I.U.P.U.I. and Southern Illinois University. Ed had a substantial career at Syracuse University Library, living in Syracuse for 31 years.

He married Ellen Stone in 1980. In 2008 he and Ellen moved to Bloomington. All told, Ed lived in 8 states and visited 47 states and 15 foreign countries. His favorite home was Syracuse, where he greatly enjoyed the waterfalls, hills, mountains and lakes of upstate New York. He also loved Reno, with its great views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Ed enjoyed writing and while in college, worked for a summer as a reporter for his hometown newspaper. Later, he was a contributor to two editions of a major reference book for Librarians. He liked hiking and snowshoeing during upstate New York winters. Other interests included college lectures, concerts and theater in Bloomington, as well as university athletic events. He enjoyed attending induction ceremonies at the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Boxing Hall of Fame in New York State. Ed read extensively until he suddenly became blind in 2019.

Ed was a lifelong Democrat and a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, Mensa, The Sierra Club, The Adirondack Mountain Club and the NAACP. He served as Secretary of the Washoe County (Nevada) ARC.

He appreciated humor (particularly his own).

Ed is survived by his wife, Ellen Stone Goodman; three sons: Tim R. Goodman (Michael Natale) of Somersworth, NH; Peter H. Goodman (Zakary Walker), of Bethesda, MD; and David A. Goodman (Lucas Welle), of Minneapolis, MN; and two brothers, Jerrold Goodman (Judy) of W. Hartford, CT; and Andrew Goodman (Elizabeth Arons) of Reston, VA.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to: Congregation Beth Shalom, 3750 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47401.

The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard is handling arrangements.